NBA Free Agency Rumors 7/2/12

9:25 p.m. Eastern
-Miami has interest in Rashard Lewis.
9:15 p.m. Eastern
-Frank Isola thinks Steve Nash is going to Toronto, but he says the Knicks still have a small chance.
-Atlanta will buy out Jordan Farmar and save $2.75 million.
9 p.m. Eastern
-Jamal Crawford is visiting with the frontrunning Clippers tomorrow, says Marc Spears. Boston, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Minnesota are also in play.
-The Magic, Thunder, Hawks, Nets and Sixers are interested in Lakers restricted free agent Devin Ebanks.
-Charlotte waived Jamario Moon.
7:30 p.m. Eastern
-Assuming the Joe Johnson and Marvin Williams trades go through, Atlanta would have enough cap space after next season to pursue both Dwight Howard and Chris Paul.
-Ryan Anderson visited the Sacramento Kings today.
7:20 p.m. Eastern
-Atlanta is now extremely busy. They have agreed to send Joe Johnson to the Nets for Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson and a lottery protected first round pick from Houston. Howard Beck reports that the trade is not contingent on Deron Williams staying in Brooklyn but that he was in favor of the move. They also shed a lot of salary by sending Marvin Williams to Utah for Devin Harris.
-What now for Dwight Howard? Ric Bucher reports that Dallas is atop his trade list. The Lakers aren’t on the trade list for now. A possible option for Howard could be Atlanta, but they may be trading Josh Smith next.
-HoopsWorld: At least one team has considered offering Jeremy Lin a “poison pill” offer that is backloaded at the end of the contract. Toronto, Dallas and Brooklyn are interested along with New York. *Golden State is the frontrunner for J.J. Hickson.
-Miami is putting on the full-court press to sign Ray Allen, Chris Mannix reports.
5:35 p.m. Eastern
-All indications are that Dwight Howard blew his chance to go to the Nets in March. *Chad Ford reports that DeShawn Stevenson will make $6.9 million over three years, likely with the Hawks. Only the first year will be guaranteed at $2.3 million.
5:30 p.m. Eastern
-After meeting with Dallas, Deron Williams is now meeting with the Nets. Adrian Wojnarowski now reports that the Joe Johnson trade likely happens with or without Williams re-signing. Though that point is currently being disputed…
5:20 p.m. Eastern
-The Nets have agreed to send Jordan Williams, Johan Petro, Jordan Farmar, Anthony Morrow and a sign-and-trade of DeShawn Stevenson to Atlanta for Joe Johnson, says Adrian Wojnarowski. Brooklyn will also send a protected 2013 first-round pick via Houston. For now, this is contingent upon Deron Williams re-signing with the Nets.
5 p.m. Eastern
-There is no current Nets offer for Dwight Howard that satisfies Orlando, David Aldridge reports.
-Phoenix has not yet made an offer to Steve Nash, says Chris Broussard.
-Mike Wells does not think the Pacers will match Portland’s offer sheet to Roy Hibbert.
-Boston and six other teams have made offers to Brandon Bass.
-Dallas is among the teams interested in Marco Belinelli.
-Jordan Hill is meeting with Minnesota today.
-The Lakers re-signed Darius Morris to a qualifying offer.
-Cleveland waived Manny Harris.
3 p.m. Eastern
-Not only is Minnesota interested in Nicolas Batum, but they also want to trade for Pau Gasol. A third team like Charlotte or Houston would have to get involved, but Derrick Williams, Wes Johnson, Luke Ridnour and other pieces would be involved. The Wolves are also interested in Brandon Roy. *Chicago is still expected to match Houston’s offer sheer for Omer Asik.
-Houston will meet with Goran Dragic today. *Marcus Camby’s top priority is returning to Houston but Miami is also in the mix.
-Chicago has talked with Brandon Roy and Minnesota, Dallas, Indiana and Golden State have interest.
-Charlotte has interest in free agent J.J. Hickson.
1:10 p.m. Eastern
-Indiana has agreed to re-sign George Hill to a five-year contract.
12:15 p.m. Eastern
-Jrue Holliday is looking for a max contract extension from Philadelphia, Marc Spears reports.
11:40 a.m. Eastern
-The Nets have not reached out to Jeremy Lin or Eric Gordon, and Steve Nash is their backup plan if they don’t sign Deron Williams, says David Aldridge.
-Jeff Green is close to re-signing with the Celtics, according to Gary Washburn.
-Chicago is among the eight teams interested in Kirk Hinrich. Washington is another, and they’re also interested in John Lucas.
9:30 a.m. Eastern
-The Pistons confirm they will sign Ukranian center Vyacheslav Kravstav on the 11th.
8:50 a.m. Eastern

-Deron Williams meets with the Nets and Mavericks today and Steve Nash meets with Brooklyn as well. The Nets are also working on a trade for Joe Johnson. *The most recent Johnson proposal has Jordan Farmar, Johan Petro, Anthony Morrow, Jordan Williams, DeShawn Stevenson (sign and trade) and a future first round pick. Atlanta is holding out for MarShon Brooks. *Other Nets targets include Dwight Howard, Jason Kidd, Luis Scola, Ray Allen, O.J. Mayo, Eric Gordon and Mirza Teletovic.
-Sam Amick: Toronto is going all in on Steve Nash, with a possible three year offer worth $36 million and a possible front office role when he retires. The Knicks, Suns, Nets and Mavericks also have interest. New York wants a sign and trade but Phoenix is concentrating on Eric Gordon and Michael Beasley. *Dwight Howard trade talks are ongoing with the Nets, Lakers and Hawks. *Jeff Green is likely returning to Boston. Ray Allen could also return despite interest from the Grizzlies, Suns, Clippers and Heat. *Jamal Crawford is talking to Clippers, Celtics, Wolves, Suns and 76ers. *While Brooklyn, Indiana, Houston, Phoenix and Portland chase Eric Gordon, New Orleans is likely to match any offer. *The Raptors, Suns, Nets, Hornets, Lakers and Rockets are all interested in Goran Dragic. *Hasheem Thabeet could sign with the Thunder. *Phoenix and Detroit have interest in Michael Beasley.
-With a Steve Nash signing likely, Toronto is trying to trade Jose Calderon. *Possibilities for the Knicks include Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd. A sign and trade with Phoenix could involve one of those two potentially along with Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Dan Gadzuric and Jerome Jordan.
-A team that offers restricted free agent Jeremy Lin a backloaded deal could pry him from the Knicks, Chris Broussard says. Toronto (if they don’t get Nash), Dallas and Brooklyn are possibilities.
-Chris Kaman will visit with Indiana today in case they can no longer afford Roy Hibbert.
-The Warriors are still trying to trade for Dwight Howard, Chris Broussard reports. *The Warriors and Blazers are among six teams interested in JJ Hickson.
-The Clippers are working on re-signing Chauncey Billups and signing Jamal Crawford.
-The Lakers, Suns, Raptors and Knicks are interested in Grant Hill.
-C.J. Miles met with Dallas on Sunday.
-Minnesota, Cleveland and Memphis are possible destinations for Alex Shved.

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